TRAVERSE CITY — The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Grand Traverse region continues to rise as the pandemic virus ramps up statewide.
Figures released Thursday morning show that beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in hospitals operated by Munson Healthcare rose to 127 with 72 of those patients at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. The ongoing spike in the spread of the virus in northwestern Lower Michigan is rising statewide, pushing dozens of hospitals above 90 percent bed occupancy, according to state data.
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Early this week, Michigan jumped to the top COVID-19 hotspot in the country, according to updated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By Wednesday, the daily average number of cases detected in the state rose to 7,353, overshadowing the previous record set in November 2020.
Figures from Michigan.gov show that 89 percent of ICU beds in the Grand Traverse region were occupied Wednesday, with 46 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
Increases in both COVID-19 patients and others, on top of staffing restrictions, prompted Munson Healthcare to move into the pandemic response plan “red” phase on Nov. 9 as previously reported. That meant further cuts in services and a few clinic and lab hours to focus efforts on COVID-19 care.